Cairns Cruise Port Tours

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Cairns Cruise Port

One of Australia’s busiest cruise ports, Cairns may be best known for its close access to the Daintree tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Once the site of mangrove swamps and sand ridges, the city today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, offering a plethora of water and adventure activities.

How to Get to Cairns

The brand new cruise terminal at Trinity Wharf is located in the heart of the city, so you won’t have far to go to reach the center of Cairns. Larger cruise ships may have to anchor in the harbor, in which case tenders will carry you from the ship to the port.

One Day in Cairns

If you’re like many visitors with just a day to spend in Cairns, chances are you’ll choose to forgo the city itself and instead book an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.  Over 1,600 miles long and composed of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. Swimming, snorkeling, diving or riding on a glass bottom boat are all possibilities to explore the incredible biodiversity of what has been called one of the seven great natural wonders of the world.

For those who choose not to visit the Reef, taking the Skyline Rainforest Cableway to the town of Kuranda is another great way to spend a day. In Kuranda, you’ll find a variety of arts and craft shops, as well as the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. After taking a cable car to Kuranda, you can return to Cairns by bus.

Back in the city, head to the Cairns Esplanade to stroll along the Harbour Walk, explore the handicrafts market and enjoy live entertainment and public art displays. Art aficionados may also want to pay a visit to the Cairns Regional Art Gallery, featuring fine art from a variety of Australian artists, including Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

Another option for those who want to see more of the tropical rainforest would be to take a day-long guided tour to the Daintree Rainforest, about two hours north of Cairns.

Port Information

The official language is English and the local currency is the Australian dollar. ATMs are widely available and are the best way to obtain local currency. Most shops and restaurants will also accept credit cards.
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest Helicopter Tours

Make the most of your time in port and enjoy magnificent aerial views of Queensland’s star attraction. Set out from Cairns for a thrilling helicopter ride and glide over the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef, looking down over the vast coral reefs and spotting whales, dolphins and schools of tropical fish. Choose from a 30-minute flight to Green Island; a 40-minute deluxe flight over the outer reef; or a 60-minute Reef and Rainforest tour. Best of all: this tour is covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, guaranteeing on-time return to your ship.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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US$293.50
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Green Island Day Trip

Swap your cruise liner for a catamaran on this 6-hour shore excursion from Cairns and sail out to explore the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Cruise to the Green Island, where you can snorkel amid schools of tropical fish, hike through the rainforest or admire the colorful corals from a glass-bottomed boat. Alternatively, make the most of optional activities like scuba diving or a Seawalker Helmet dive. This tour is also covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.Note: Departures only from Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns. This tour does not depart from Yorkey's Knob.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$71.35
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Green Island by Helicopter and Cruise

When your cruise ship docks in Cairn, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a must-do. See more with this tour, which combines a scenic helicopter flight to Green Island, with a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkeling and swimming at the island — part of Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy stunning aerial views from the helicopter, then relax on the lovely tropical island, with use of snorkeling gear, swimming pool and buffet lunch included. Return on a luxury catamaran to complete your 5-hour tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$367.06
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Cairns Harbor Cruise

Hop aboard the Crocodile Explorer and enjoy a scenic 2-hour harbour cruise while in port in Cairns. Float past the mangrove forests and mudflats of Trinity Inlet, and spot saltwater crocodiles basking on the waterfront as you tuck into afternoon tea (included) on-board. This shore excursion is also covered by Viator’s worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your cruise ship.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$35.31
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Cairns Shore Excursion: Cairns City Tour

Make the most of your time in port with this half-day city sightseeing tour of Cairns, including afternoon tea. Visit attractions like the St Monica's Cathedral, Flecker Botanical Gardens and Cairns waterfront and walk through the Barron Gorge National Park. This small-group shore excursion is limited to 20 people and is covered by Viator's worry-free policy, ensuring on-time return to your ship.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$64.00
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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